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AP English and College Composition: Are AP Students Prepared for College-Level Writing?

NIcholas, Erika L. (2015) AP English and College Composition: Are AP Students Prepared for College-Level Writing? Masters thesis, Radford University.

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Abstract

This thesis looks at Advanced Placement English Language (AP) and Composition and First-Year Composition (FYC) in order to determine their comparability. The College Board claims that AP English is equivalent to FYC. The research conducted in order to prove that AP is not comparable enough to FYC consists of discussing the College Board’s standards for AP, the Writing Program Administrators’ outcomes for FYC, and five colleges and universities’ FYC outcomes in the state of Virginia. These outcomes and standards are compared and used to show where there is and is not overlap with these outcomes for students to be exempt from a first-year writing course at the university level. The last aspect is based on dissertations and studies done about the effectiveness of AP and students’ reactions to the difference in AP and FYC. The research done and discussed in this thesis doesn’t come to a definitive conclusion, but instead I suggest that AP students should have to take an advanced FYC course instead of being offered exemption from FYC. This research provides suggestions for students that are successful on the AP exam and the courses they should be offered upon entering college.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: UNSPECIFIED
Depositing User: Erika Nicholas
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2015 13:15
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2015 13:15
URI: http://wagner.radford.edu/id/eprint/223

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